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Walnut Chocolate Cake

Yep, no fancy name, no weird ingredient, just the pure comfort of dark chocolate in a slice. I am probably the last one to post her entry for "Dishes of Comfort" a one-off event created by Yvonne and Orchidea, and I realized today I had passed the deadline. Hopefully they will be able to include this, if not well, you can have it all for yourself!

When I first read about the event, I immediately thought about my grandmother’s apple pie, my aunt Agnes chocolate mousse, or my mom’s chocolate cake. I don’t know if mom remembers it but for the longest time, one of my brothers birthday requirement was homemade Walnut Chocolate Cake. What they did not know is how happy to see his birthday roll around…or why…don’t get me wrong I love him dearly, but I also love chocolate cake!
I also think that Grandma Paulette and Auntie Agnes deserve a post of their own. However, it has got to be somebody’s birthday somewhere…out there…and if no one wishes to claim a slice I will because it is comforting and good for any reason, any occasion.

Why is this cake so comforting to me? For one it does not look perfect, and as I get older I find that highly reassuring. All crusty on top, crumbly when you cut it. Easy to eat anytime of the day, cold with milk for breakfast, warm with your afternoon coffee, with ice cream for a romantic dinner and perfect for anybody’s birthday (unless they hate chocolate).
I am not sure when the recipe came from but it is one of those I bundled up in my suitcase when I moved here and one I make for B. when his birthday comes to town.

Walnut Chocolate Cake:

200 gr. dark chocolate (6 1/2 oz)(time to get your best out)
200 gr. butter (6 1/2 oz)
5 eggs
1/4 cup ground walnuts
250 gr. sugar (7 oz)
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375. In a saucepan set over low heat, melt together the chocolate and the butter. Add the sugar and stir until incorporated. Remove from the heat and let cool 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and stir well after each addition. With a spatula, add the ground walnuts and vanilla. Pour into an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out "clean"

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wheresmymind November 17, 2006 um 2:43 am

So needs some whipped cream or ice cream

Anonymous November 17, 2006 um 3:10 am

Oh, Helene!

I would gladly wait a day or two for you to participate in any event especially since you’re bringing such a beautiful cake! Thank you so much for taking part and for sharing this comforting recipe!

Mercotte November 17, 2006 um 5:46 am

Tu es dans ta période cake, dis donc , j’en ai un de Hermé qui ressemble un peu au tien !
Je trouve celui aux fruits confits superbe aussi d’ailleurs ! je l’avais loupé !

Orchidea November 17, 2006 um 9:16 am

Walnut and chocolate… two of the things I like a lot… nice cake, I will try it.

Anonymous November 17, 2006 um 4:22 pm

This cake looks yummy!

Walnuts and chocolate are a great combination.

Lis November 17, 2006 um 9:18 pm

Sounds wonderful, Helene! I love your memories too.. all sweets 😀 I hope you get the chance to also post one day about Grandma Paulette’s apple pie and Aunt Agnes' chocolate mousse! =)

Anonymous November 18, 2006 um 2:27 am

Thanks for your comments, I’m discovering your blog too and… wow !! I’m gonna come again and again, for sure

Anonymous November 18, 2006 um 2:28 am

Thanks for your comments, I’m discovering your blog too and… wow !! I’m gonna come again and again, for sure

Brilynn November 18, 2006 um 2:44 am

Better late than never, I’d love a slice of this cake.

Anonymous November 18, 2006 um 4:54 am

Simple is always good.

Anonymous November 18, 2006 um 10:32 am

Walnut and chocolate : I love it !

(j’en veux 😉

Lauren November 18, 2006 um 2:40 pm

It sounds simply perfect – no frills but definitely delicious.

Shelby November 20, 2006 um 1:01 am

fantastic blog!

Helene November 20, 2006 um 6:07 am

wheresmymind: no no, it is that good on its own!

Yvonne: I am glad I made it on time. Thanks ofr organizing such a great event.

Mercotte: c’est vrai, et je fais pas expres! Il doit surement y avoir une rectte de base universelle sur laquelle nous apportons tous notre touche perso.

Orchidea: I know, can’t go wrong with these two, even if we tried!

Patricia: thank you!

Lis: thank you. I will make the pie and mousse this week…just for you!

Framboiz: thanks for stopping by! I have already copied your ice cream recipes!

Brilynn: I am sure it would go well after your mac&cheese!

Peabody: you are absolutely right!

Soho: J’etais sure de te faire plaisir avec cette recette!

Lauren: I have a tendency when I bake at home to go back to the basics. I miss the plated desserts I used to do at the restaurant but it is too much work for just the 2 of us!

Rebekkah: thanks for stopping by. You have a beautiful blog also!

Shelby November 20, 2006 um 6:13 am

thanks for the return visit on my blog – your dog story is delightful!

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